“Education is the toy. Curiosity is the box.”
Henrique Bertulani has accomplished basically anything an artist could possibly accomplish at his age. From Brazil to Germany, and Egypt to the United States, Henrique has dabbled in art studies, exhibitions, curating, anthropology, art cooperative projects, teaching, street murals, charity work, professional field hockey, art workshops and so much more.
One of the most interesting people I’ve ever listened to speak, Henrique is full of fire and passion and firmly believes that EVERYONE can create the life they love with a little curiosity and drive. He walks us through why phases are so important to artists and how to make art feel.
Here are the highlights of my funky conversation with Henrique:
- 06:46 :How he has grown to become an international artist by starting his career at 19; sharing his observations on the differences of how art is expressed in various countries such as Egypt, Brazil, the Middle East, Europe and the US; and his experiences in art censorship, notoriety and inhibitions,70:
- 17:46 :How a mural project of painting a 100-foot wall grew from an initial four artists to ten and his views about self-censorship and creating artwork for money,
- 21:06 : The advantages of teaching art to children and how art can change even the most delinquent one,
- 23:00 : An in-depth walk through The Seven da Vincian principles and concepts which serve as essential element of genius:
- Curiosity (Curiosita) – An insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning.
- Demonstration (Dimonstrazione) – A commitment to test knowledge through experience, persistence, and willingness to learn from mistakes. Trial and error.
- Sensation (Sensazione) – The continual refinement of the sensesas the means to enliven experience.
- Smoke (Sfumato) – Not letting your ego get the better of you, learning from each other and gaining willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox, and uncertainty.
- Art and Science (Arte/Scienza) – Taking your view of science, artand logic and transforming it to your imagination.
- The Body (Corporalita) – The cultivation of grace, ambidexterity, fitness, and poise. Balancing the body and mind.
- Connection (Connessione) – the knowledge, recognition of and appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things and phenomena.
- 39:22 : Surrealism, frottage and the now neglected approaches that renowned artists had applied in their time to achieve perfection,
- 48:00 : How a mural he painted in Rio de Janeiro brought about admiration to the art process and changed the perception and the lives of locals, and
- 1:04:30 : Seeing the power artists wield by going to places lacking art, developing an out-of-the-box mentality and assessing whether you are aiming for money or being an art advocate with the goal of elevating the cause.
- How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci by Michael J. Gelb
- Max Ernst
- Full Metal Jacket
- Fernando Botero
- Beastie Boys
To defeat Godzilla with his talents…
- “I would make a gigantic sculpture of a woman Godzilla because you wouldn’t overcome a monster if you are just another monster. You have to be gentle”
- Self-censorship is when you start adapting to whatever rules you are following but you inhibit your creativity in the process.
- Touching a canvass only for money: this is an idea I cannot live with and this is what makes me a less mediocre artist.
- You do not need to be an art connoisseur to see that a potential delinquent can be improved by just painting and drawing.
- Inspiration comes from people who have life experiences.
- The most important tool of humanity is trial and error.
- You only develop when you enter the veins of curiosity.
- Education is the toy. Curiosity is the box.
- If you have guts, guts is enough.
- The best place you can go to as an artist is to a place where art is not allowed.
- You’ve got to fight for your right to party.
- The soft will always overcome the strong.